Nanomaterials for Biological Applications
We use multidisciplinary approaches to develop magnetic nanoparticles, quantum dots (QDs) and silver nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Magnetic nanoparticles (including superparamagnetic nanoparticles) of well-defined shape are being developed with Carla Meledandri. We are investigating their magnetic resonance properties in suspension, and their potential as MRI contrast agents to improve cancer detection. The question of how to control the growth of inorganic materials will be studied using synthetic polypeptides based on known biological analogues as novel modifiers of the nucleation and growth of nanocrystals, collaborating with the Maurice Wilkins Centre. We also aim to implement biomaterials in the design and production of functionalized biogenic devices with medical applications – in vaccines, drug delivery, or diagnostics, for example – and in industrial applications such as biocatalysis and bioseparation.